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>> see you at 6:00. tonight on "world news," courtroom stunner. a surprise move. george zimmerman takes the stand with a message for trayvon martin's parents. >> i wanted to say i am sorry for the loss of your son. i did not know if he was armed or not. >> and an abc news exclusive. a new picture, said to show zimmerman injured the night of the shooting. will this change the case? sarah palin fires back at a secret service agent who joked about checking her out while he was supposed to protect her. and more fallout in the secret service scandal tonight. reality show backlash. outrage after a shark attacks in waters stirred up by a reality tv crew. and, forever young. dr. oz wants to give you a pep talk on how you become a
champion for the rest of your life. from abc news, this is "abc world news with tdiane sawyer." good evening. today, one of the most polarizing figures in america finally spoke and the first words he said, "i'm sorry for the loss of your son." george zimmerman, the shooter in the trayvon martin case, learned in court today he will be free on bail. and also today, abc news exclusively obtained what may be a key piece of evidence. we are going to show you a photograph, reportedly taken the night of the shooting. and purporting to show blood on zimmerman's head. abc's legal analyst dan abrams is standing by and abc's matt gutman, who obtained that photograph, also tells us about the big news today in court. matt? >> reporter: hey, diane. good evening from a very wet sanford, florida. even prosecutors today were surprised that george zimmerman got that bail. now, two law enforcement sources are telling us that he spent a lot of time in the past week reading the bible and praying.
but he seems to have saved his most public and surprising one for the courtroom. stunned, the courtroom watched a shackled george zimmerman shuffle to the stand. his loose grey suit hiding a bulletproof vest. >> sit your full name for the record and spell your last name. >> george michael zimmerman. >> reporter: only to be shocked once more when zimmerman directly addressed the parents of the boy he killed -- dabbing tears just feet away. >> i wanted to say i am sorry for the loss of your son. i did not know how old he was. i thought he was a little bit younger than i am. and i did not know if he was armed or not. >> reporter: the prosecution called the move a media stunt. >> why did you wait 50 something days to tell them, that is, the parents? >> i don't understand the question. >> reporter: those moments hardly the only fireworks in what is typically a routine bail hearing. at one point, zimmerman's lawyer grilled the state's chief investigator and seemed to punch a hole in the prosecution's key assertion that zimmerman was the
aggressor in his confrontation with trayvon martin. >> do you know who started the fight? >> do i know? >> right. >> no. >> do you have any evidence that supports who may have started the fight? >> no. >> reporter: zimmerman's father also testified by phone that his son was hurt that night. >> his lip was swollen and cut and there were two vertical gashes on the back of his head. >> did you see any pictures of that? >> yes, i have. >> who showed them to you? >> i saw one on the news today. >> reporter: he's talking about this image, provided to investigators and obtained exclusively by abc news, which the photographer says shows the bloody back of zimmerman's head. the photo geo stamped in sanford and snapped just three minutes after martin was killed. after a two-hour hearing, judge kenneth lester made his bail decision on the spot. >> going to grant the motion to set bond in the amount of $150,000. >> reporter: heartbreaking to martin's family.
>> it was devastating that he got to give a self-serving apology to help him get a bond. they were very outraged at that. >> reporter: now, diane, zimmerman's attorney tells us that he already has several safe houses set up. there are going to be a number of restrictions on zimmerman's bond. he'll have to wear an electronic ankle bracelet. it will monitor his movements. he won't be allowed to use alcohol or firearms. and don't expect him to go anywhere too soon. he will probably stay here in jail at least through the weekend. diane? >> all right, matt, stay dry there. i want to bring in abc's legal analyst dan abrams. dan, what surprised you in what you saw today? >> reporter: i can't believe that zimmerman took the stand. in a bond hearing in a murder trial, i've never seen anything like it. and i don't think that he helped his case. he must have insisted to his lawyer that he wanted to say this, and as a result, he faced a tough cross-examination. >> tell me, after you committed this crime and you spoke to the police, did you ever make that statement to the police, sir? that you were sorry for what you
had done or their loss? >> no, sir. >> you never stated that, did you? >> i don't remember what i said, i believe i did say that. >> reporter: now, i think his lawyer knows he's going to have to testify in the trial anyway so he probably thought that, he's going to testify, i'll let him get on the stand for now. but really a stunning moment. >> we heard the prosecution say they don't have evidence of who started the fight. >> reporter: the lead investigator, when asked, do you know who started the fight? do you have any evidence, says no? i was really surprised about that. i'm surprised that the lead investigator can't say, based on everything we've seen, based on all of the witnesses we talked to and based on all of the audiotapes that we've evaluated, we have come to the conclusion that zimmerman was the aggressor. for him to say we have no evidence -- surprising. >> does that mean they don't have a case? >> reporter: no, no. they certainly can still compile a case with the evidence they have. and remember, it's the defense that will have to show he was justified. so, it is an affirmative defense. they'll have the burden to prove that. >> and on that point, that photo obtained by abc news?
>> reporter: important evidence for the defense. remember, zimmerman is saying he was beaten up, in effect. but that's not the end of the inquiry. meaning, if zimmerman was the aggressor and then starts losing the fight, he can't use deadly force. so, there are a lot of questions that still have to be answered and that photo, while significant evidence for zimmerman is certainly not all of it. >> thank you so much, dan abrams, for your analysis tonight. and now we turn to the head-turning twist in the secret service scandal. sarah palin firing back at one of the agents who was dismissed. an agent assigned to her in the 2008 presidential campaign. and we're going to tell you that story tonight, but for the first time, the highest ranking woman to serve in the secret service is also going to give her take on this scandal. and here's abc's pierre thomas. >> reporter: before he was implicated in the colombian prostitution scandal, david chaney was assigned to protect vice presidential candidate sarah palin. on his facebook page, he joked
he was, quote, checking her out. palin is not amused. >> check this out, bodyguard, you're fired. i've had enough of these men being dogs. they may be checking out the first lady instead of guarding her. >> reporter: former deputy director barbara riggs doesn't think it's funny, either. >> you know, it's just shocking, and it breaks my heart. >> reporter: riggs served under six presidents, protecting everyone from rosalyn carter to ronald reagan and george w. bush. she is the highest ranking woman ever to serve in the secret service. she says chaney's facebook comment goes to the very heart of the secret service mission. >> it certainly violates the trust between the secret service and a protectee. >> reporter: says the secret service is facing an unprecedented challenge. >> the secret service demands integrity, unconditionally. so, it has been a very, very serious situation and it has done irreparable harm to the secret service reputation. >> reporter: 11 secret service agents and 11 military personal are accused of soliciting
prostitutes ahead of president obama's arrival for an international summit in colombia. tonight, three additional secret service personnel have resigned. bringing the total number removed to six. "the daily news" reports that these pictures show the woman who sparked the scandal by demanding her full payment as an escort. prostitution is legal in colombia, and when she didn't get her money, she called the police. tonight, more breaking news. a 12th secret service employee has been implicated. he has been suspended and his security clearance revoked. today, the president himself was briefed by the director of the secret service. diane? >> okay, pierre, thank you. the news keeps coming on this story. now, an update on two stories we told you about last night. first, that manhunt in kansas, for two escaped convicts who outsmarted their prison guards. well, one of the men, the convicted murderer, was caught, 80 miles from the jail. he had hitchhiked, ended up at a 24-hour convenience store where
someone looked at him and thought he looked suspicious and called 911. as a result, he is back in police custody. and the other story we want to update you, the search for etan patz, the boy that went missing 33 years ago. today, the fbi used jackhammers to rip up the basement floor in a building less than one block from the home where the boy lived. at the time of etan's disappearance, the basement was a workshop used by a local handyman, who was recently questioned by the fbi. he denies any involvement. now, a headline about a possible airline merger. one that could create the single biggest airline in u.s. history. word today that us airlines took its first step towards a potential merger with american airlines. so, what's next, and what does it mean for passengers? abc's jim avila explains. >> reporter: fare fatigue at the nation's airports. >> it makes you think twice about traveling. >> it's just too high for me. >> reporter: in fact, airfares
have jumped 12 times this year and last. and experts say ticket prices are set to soar again and stay high because the biggest airline merger of them all is now in the works. us airways today taking its first step to absorb troubled, bank run, but still huge, american airlines. >> it's going to happen. american airlines will not come out of bankruptcy standalone. >> reporter: mergers can mean less competition, fewer fare wars to keep prices down. >> you combine mergers with higher fuel costs and consumers are going to see higher ticket prices. >> reporter: analysts say the merger makes sense for american airlines employees who, today, backed it. instead of the 13,000 layoffs the bankruptcy calls for, usair promised to cut just 6,800 jobs. this would be a hostile takeover. american airlines management wants no part of it, preferring bankruptcy. but at least one analyst calls that delusional. over the last 30 years, some very big names are no longer flying.
eastern, panam, piedmont, republic, twa, all gone. and in this latest round of huge mergers, delta swallowed northwest, united absorbed continental. and now, perhaps, us airways and american. leaving only three of the old line, full-service airlines standing. >> the real key, the smaller city take the brunt of of airfare flights. >> reporter: fewer, fuller flights and less competition may make for healthier airlines, but it's as a price the flying public is paying. jim avila, abc news, new york. and overseas now to an airline tragedy in pakistan. emergency workers are searching the crash site where a passenger jet there went down when it flew through a lightning storm. tonight, the pakistani government says all 127 people on board perished. abc's muhammad lila is at the scene for us. muhammad? >> reporter: diane, i'm in the
middle of some of where the debris landed. this twisted metal right here is actually metal that was part of the plane. it was taking off from karachi, headed to islamabad, pakistan's capital city. when it got caught in a lightning storm. this airline was operated by a domestic carrier here in pakistan. officials tell us they don't believe there were any foreigners on board. and pakistani authorities also insist that terrorism had no role in bringing this plane down. they say that simply this was a very serious but weather-related tragedy. diane? >> and a true tragedy. thank you so much, muhammad lila. and still ahead here on "world news," a mystery. a surfer is killed by a great white shark, but is reality tv to blame? [ male announcer ] in blind taste tests, even ragu users chose prego.
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primed with bait by a cameraman, so he could film them. abc's bazi kanani is in africa. >> right there on the surface. he's right there. >> reporter: the "shark men" tv series features expert fishermen working with scientists to catch and tag great white sharks for research. but the methods used to attract these monsters are being blamed by some for the gruesome death of a 20-year-old surfing champion off cape town, south africa. three days before the attack, filmmaker chris fischer, who no longer works on the series, was dropping bait -- a bloody mix called chum -- meant to bring sharks close to shore. locals say that's what led to the attack. >> some people cross that line, but you know, i think as filmmakers, you have to make that moral decision yourself. >> reporter: expert wildlife photographer bill wallauer spent 15 years filming chimpanzees in the african wild. he says it is never okay to bait animals to attract them into
camera range, but many people do it. john varty was the "tiger man of africa." but tigers aren't indigenous to africa. they were shipped in from asia as part of his conservation experiment. wildlife filmmakers argue they raise awareness about threats to endangered species. >> well, first, i would say, we have to understand the life of the white shark if we're going to protect its future. if we don't handle a few of the sharks and we don't know anything about their life, we could accidentally wipe them off the face of the planet. >> reporter: national geographic, which decided before the attack not to renew "shark men" next season, says fischer was working on his own, but the backlash is building against filmmakers who deliberately manipulate animals in the wild. bazi kanani, abc news, nairobi. and coming up here on "world news," which of these dogs would you adopt, a lab, a beagle, a shepherd?
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we begin to know there are no limits as to what the human body can do except what we put on them. >> reporter: consider how jamie moyer looks today. but this is what he looked like when he first took the field in 1986. in fact, his catcher from tuesday's game wasn't even born yet. and dr. oz said he's a jedi of a new kind of athletic prowess for everyone, even though he only has three pitches. slow, slower and slowest. but his pitches are so well-placed, they confuse the hitters. >> we don't think as quickly when we're 49 as when we're 20. but we are more clever. we have wisdom and we can put the ideas together in a way that makes it more efficient. >> reporter: and dr. oz knows it wasn't just his wisdom. it was how much he wanted to win. getting up to work out earlier than the rest of the team and staying later. maybe the secret is just wanting it more. >> i like to win. i like to prepare. i have passion for this game. >> reporter: the same passion
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>> and so we thank dr. mehmet oz for reminding us this is the weekend to begin. we thank you for watching. we're always here at abcnews.com. david muir will be here all weekend long. and tomorrow night on a special "20/20," famous people how scared they were, starting out, on sunset boulevard. be sure to watch. scandal and addiction may have gotten the best of her, sudden resignation of an alameda county supervisor. >> final hours for a landmark restaurant. tonight why it should have closed years ago. >> in sacramento california has the second highest fuel
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